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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
July 27, 2021
Category: arthritis

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to inform our Middlesex County families about this condition, manifesting in the joints of the feet and other parts of the body in young patients. Below are some facts about Juvenile Arthritis.

FACT: Juvenile Arthritis (JA) affects nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 16.

FACT: Arthritis—for both children and adults—is not just one disease. It is an umbrella term that covers over a hundred conditions that affect the joints.

FACT: In children, most kinds of JA are autoinflammatory or autoimmune diseases. It means the immune system gets mixed up and releases inflammatory chemicals that attack healthy cells and tissue rather than foreign elements like germs and viruses in the body.

FACT: While most types of JA do cause joint inflammation, some varieties do not show signs of pain or swelling in the joints but rather exhibit symptoms in the skin or internal organs.

FACT: Common symptoms of JA accompanying joint pain, stiffness, and discomfort, may include chronic eye inflammation; skin rashes; lung, heart, or digestive disorders; fatigue; loss of appetite; high, spiking fever.

FACT: The causes of JA are not precisely known. Researchers have found that genes may be a factor or it’s possible that the disease develops as the body’s response to a bacteria, virus, or other external factors. Exactly why it occurs is not known.

FACT: JA is a chronic condition. It can last for a few months, years, or an entire lifetime.

FACT: Treatment for JA has multiple goals: relieving pain and other symptoms, slowing or stopping the progression of the disease, preventing joint and organ damage, preserving mobility through adulthood.

FACT: There are many treatment options including medication, massage, mind-body therapies, and acupuncture. Healthy lifestyle choices such as regular exercise and nutritious eating habits can also aid in the management of JA.

FACT: If your child exhibits any signs of joint pain in their feet or ankles, you should make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to get their symptoms evaluated promptly by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. The foot doctor will determine if your child’s discomfort is due to a podiatric problem or potentially arthritic.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 29, 2020
Category: arthritis

Did you know that nearly 300,000 children and teens in the U.S. suffer from some form of arthritis? At Feet First Foot Care Specialists we want to bring this to the attention of our Middlesex County patients and share some information about this disease. Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term that refers to inflammatory and rheumatic diseases. Unlike arthritis in adults, which is most commonly caused by wear and tear on the joints, juvenile arthritis is most often an autoimmune or autoinflammatory condition. What exactly causes JA is still unknown at this point. Research seems to indicate certain genes that are activated by a virus, bacteria, or other external factors may be responsible.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms most traditionally associated with arthritis—joint pain and stiffness—are also a sign of JA. If your child experiences any joint discomfort, or you notice redness or feelings of heat surrounding a joint in the foot or ankle, it’s important that you make an appointment with our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 as soon as possible.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will conduct a complete physical examination of your child’s feet and ankles and also get a medical history. He may also ask if your child has had any other symptoms that can be associated with JA, including:

  • Skin changes and rashes
  • Eye discomfort—redness, dryness, sensitivity to light and vision changes
  • Digestive problems
  • Feeling tired or rundown
  • Loss of appetite
  • High fever
  • Shortness of breath

The foot doctor may refer you to a rheumatologist if he suspects a possibility of JA. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and aggressive treatment, it is possible to achieve remission. JA treatment plans may include a combination of medication, physical activity, healthy eating, and complementary therapies.

To learn more, go to https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/juvenile-arthritis.

If you have additional questions about podiatric symptoms your child is experiencing, contact us today. 



 








 

 

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